This unit (HBS3004) develops students' specialized knowledge of being an Osteopath in the Australian healthcare system. To facilitate their preparation for undertaking osteopathic clinical placement, students consider legal, cultural, ethical and regulatory requirements of osteopathic practice. Students demonstrate inclusivity by exploring strategies to actively minimise discrimination based on culture, disability/ability, gender, sexuality, age, and other demographic factors. Students apply knowledge developed in previous units by using outcome measures for patient assessment and management.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Review and analyse osteopathic workforce data and common practices;  
  2. Interpret knowledge of practices required for osteopathic clinical placements, including patient centred care;  
  3. Contextualise the ethical and inclusivity considerations and legal and regulatory requirements impacting Australian osteopathic practice; and  
  4. Apply outcome measures for patient assessment and management.  


The online quiz in week 1 assesses students' knowledge of the requirements for clinical practice and is essential for clinical placement in Year 3. The concept map assesses the students' understanding of patient reported outcome measures used in osteopathic practice. The group presentation assesses students' understanding of ethical and inclusivity considerations in practice and the final test assesses students' knowledge of osteopathic workforce issues and capabilities for practice.
Assessment type Description Grade
Test Quiz (30mins) 10%
Assignment Concept map exploring outcome measures, including written rationale (500 words) 30%
Presentation Group presentation - ethical considerations for health practice (15mins) 30%
Test Test (90mins) 30%

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